(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton unveiled her agenda for taking up campaign finance reform. In an announcement on Tuesday, Mrs. Clinton’s proposed a multipronged approach including a push for legislation requiring greater public disclosure of political spending, establishing a public finance system for congressional and presidential candidates matching small donor contributions with additional tax payer funds, and supporting a Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring publicly traded companies to disclose political spending to shareholders.
"We are glad to hear Hillary Clinton is taking steps to address the corrosive problem of excessive spending in elections. However, Ms. Clinton is one of countless politicians and candidates over the last century to acknowledge the problem of corporate influence in elections, only to result in tepid policy changes riddled with loopholes for their campaign donors, “ said Move to Amend’s National Director, Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap. “We need more than lip service to democracy during election time. We need a constitutional amendment to end the Supreme Court’s doctrine of corporate constitutional rights and money as speech, overturning corrupt decisions like Citizens United v FEC.“
“Democrats, Republicans, Greens, Libertarians, and Independents share agreement on this issue: we need broad and systemic reforms to establish a genuine democracy of, by, and for the people,” continued Sopoci-Belknap. “More than 600 towns, cities, and counties across America – including 16 state legislatures – support a constitutional amendment ending corporate influence in elections. We welcome any candidate or officeholder who commits to ending the oligarchy favoring corporate interests and legalizing genuine democracy of, by, and for the people. I sincerely hope Ms. Clinton will take this issue seriously and I am eager to see how Hillary sets herself apart from other would-be reformers.”
Move to Amend is a rapidly growing national grassroots coalition of nearly 400,000 individuals and thousands of organizations working to pass a constitutional amendment to make clear that Constitutional rights belong to human beings and political spending is not protected speech under the First Amendment. Their We The People amendment was introduced in the US House of Representatives on April 29, 2015.
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